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INESC TEC is a private non-profit research institution, dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and pre-incubation of new technology-based companies.

As an institution operating at the interface of the academic and business worlds, bringing closer together academia, companies, public administration, and society, INESC TEC typically applies the knowledge and results generated as part of its research in technology transfer projects, seeking value creation and immediate social relevance.

“Present in 6 sites in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, INESC TEC incorporates 13 R&D Centres”

The 13 R&D Centres of INESC TEC are structured in four thematic domains - Computer Science, Industry and Innovation, Networked Intelligent Systems, and Power and Energy.

INESC TEC hosts over 700 integrated researchers (about 350 PhDs), including staff researchers, researchers from Higher Education Institutions, grant holders and affiliated researchers. INESC TEC’s team also includes trainees, and technical and administrative support staff.

Mission

The mission of INESC TEC is to achieve advancement in science and technology and to enable science-based innovation through the transfer of new knowledge and technologies to industry, services and public administration.

Vision

INESC TEC vision is to be a leading Science and Technology Institution at international level, perceived as an important world player, in the domains of Computer Science, Industry and Innovation, Networked Intelligent Systems, and Power and Energy.

Values

Innovation excellence, People-centered, Research freedom, Cooperation, Social responsibility.

“International and Socially Relevant Science, with an Impact on Industry, Services and Exports.”

INESC TEC’s strategy is driven by a conceptual vision that encompasses the following axes:

  • Excellence in science, talent development, technology transfer and collaboration with industry
  • Full coverage of the knowledge-to-value chain
  • Multidisciplinarity
  • Scale, density, critical mass and integration
  • International visibility and presence
“FCT’s (Ministry of Education and Science) official evaluation in 2014: Excellent”

INESC TEC’s management and operational model implements the concept of the knowledge-to-value production chain, leading the research activity from knowledge generation to its valorisation through a mix of technology transfer processes, from the pure transfer of technology to collaborative development, advanced consulting and training, until the possible creation of spin-offs.

Structure

Institutional Structure

INESC TEC has a unique and differentiating management model, improved over its 30 years of history.

Reflecting its unique position between academia and industry, the management at INESC TEC carefully balances, in a hybrid model, the academic culture of scientific freedom and dialogue with a culture of efficiency and responsibility in management. 

Therefore, great freedom is given to R&D Centres in order to define their own guidance and to conduct their activity, while giving a considerable individual freedom to each collaborator. This freedom is always matched with an interest in preserving the continuity of knowledge generation, ensuring a joint and coherent vision of the institution’s evolution, not reducing it to a mere aggregation of fragmented policies. 

On the other hand, a culture of responsibility at all management levels is widely fostered, supported by professional services that inform, support and give account for the organisation and its activity.

Team
Timeline

Timeline

19852018
Associates

Associates

We conduct socially relevant research with our associates.

University of Porto

Associates

University of Porto

Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Associates

Polytechnic Institute of Porto

INESC

Associates

INESC

University of Minho

Associates

University of Minho

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Associates

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Partnerships with International Universities

We have partnerships of excellence with multidisciplinary teams.

CMU Portugal

Partnerships with International Universities

CMU Portugal

MIT Portugal

Partnerships with International Universities

MIT Portugal

UT Austin Portugal

Partnerships with International Universities

UT Austin Portugal

Facts & Figures

210Academic Staff

2016

14 000Turnover (k€)

2016

37Book Chapters

2016

Where we Are

INESC TEC is composed of 13 R&D centres in five different locations (ISEP, FEUP, FCUP, UMinho and UTAD) and 2 special partnerships (IPB and U Aberta). Presently, its main sites are in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real.

In 2012, INESC TEC’s organisational and science management model was exported to Brazil, and so INESC P&D Brasil (INESC R&D Brazil) was created. Its network already features over 13 universities, from 11 Brazilian states, whose goal is to produce science, transfer technology and create value in Brazil.

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